Shortlist for $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award Announced

Over 30 years of recognizing excellence in Canadian poetry chapbooks

Award to be announced at Meet the Presses’ Indie Literary Market in Toronto

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TORONTO – October 11, 2016 – The Meet the Presses collective is excited to announce the finalists for the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award. The prize, awarded annually since its establishment in 1985, goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook – in the estimation of the judges – published in Canada in the previous year and submitted for consideration. It is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, and micropress publisher bpNichol.

Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, the prize purse doubled to $4,000 in 2014, making it the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook – a collection of no more than 48 pages. The publisher of the winning title also receives $500 thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith.

Judges Alice Burdick of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, and Hoa Nguyen of Toronto, Ontario, chose the finalists from more than 60 submissions from across the country. The judges felt this year’s entries included many excellent pieces and some remarkable book designs, commenting: “These were very strong works, and it was a great pool of work from which to choose.”

The finalists for the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Nelson Ball  Small Waterways (Apt. 9 Press  www.apt9press.ca)
Klara du Plessis  Wax Lyrical  (Anstruther Press  www.anstrutherpress.com)
Marilyn Irwin The Blue, Blue There (Apt. 9 Press  www.apt9press.ca)
Lillian Necakov The Lake Contains an Emergency Room (Apt. 9 Press  www.apt9press.ca)
Christine Stewart  The Odes  (Nomados Literary Publishers www.nomados.org)

The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. on November 19, 2016, at the annual Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West in Toronto. The Indie Literary Market introduces the public to independent literary publishers of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are generally not available in bookstores. The event is curated by Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

More details can be found at meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

For more information and interview opportunities, contact Beth Follet at feralgrl@interlog.com or Stuart Ross at 647-746-6724

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❡ Call for submissions to the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award ❡

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The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry in English published in chapbook form within Canada. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $4,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2015), and the poet must be Canadian.

Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of eligible chapbooks. Translations into English from other languages are eligible.

Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member) and include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the 2016 Submission Form from our web site at submission-form-the-bpnichol-chapbook-award-2016), a brief C.V. of the author, including address, telephone number, and email address. Publisher contact information (contact person, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone contact) must also be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The closing date for the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award is May 31, 2016. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by June 30, 2016, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com.

Send submissions to:
Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6

 

Lissa Wolsak wins $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Celebrating 30 years of recognizing excellence in Canadian poetry chapbooks

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TORONTO – November 14, 2015 – The Meet the Presses Collective announced today that Lissa Wolsak (Vancouver, British Columbia) has won the 2015 bpNichol Chapbook Award for Of Beings Alone: The Eigenface, published by Nomados Press. This is the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook.

The prize was awarded at the 2015 Indie Literary Market, held at the Tranzac Club in Toronto. The Market is a curated event that introduces the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are largely not available in bookstores. Though Wolsak was unable to attend in person, friend and poet David Dowker accepted the $4,000 prize on her behalf. Here’s an excerpt from her acceptance speech:

“In 1988 I twice heard bpNichol indirectly call my name. I was spellbound by both his performances. Poetry was to become my lasting love and my entire future’s immersion. My wholehearted and warmest gratitude to Meet the Presses Collective, for this splendid acknowledgement and gift!”

Thanks to a generous annual donation from Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith, the publisher of the winning work, Nomados Press, also received $500. Here is a quote from their acceptance speech:

“Nomados Literary Publishers is tremendously proud that Lissa Wolsak is receiving the bp Nichol Chapbook Award this year. We are very honoured to have helped this book into the world, and constantly grateful that the bpNichol Chapbook Award continues to encourage micropublishers like us across Canada to extend the map of the real, and to enhance and enlarge the very existence of a vibrant and unorthodox Canadian writing.”

Judges Alice Burdick (Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia) and Karl Jirgens (Windsor, Ontario) chose the prize finalists from 68 submissions from across the country. This year’s other shortlisted poets are:

Nelson Ball, A Gathering (BookThug)

Jason Christie, Cursed Objects (above/ground press)

Phil Hall, Notes from Gethsemani (Nomados Press)

Ben Ladouceur, Lime Kiln Quay Road (above/ground press)

Matt Rader, I Don’t Want to Die Like Frank O’Hara (baseline press)

Of Wolsak’s winning collection, the judges remarked: “This is a wonderfully lucid narrative that takes the reader through the web of perception. Wolsak’s delicate precise language shapes the text – and leads us through both solid and sense worlds. Such a strange and effective articulation of the mysteries of existence.”

About the Prize:

Awarded annually since its establishment in 1985, the bpNichol Chapbook Award goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook – a collection of no more than 48 pages – published in Canada in the previous year. The award is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, and micropress publisher bpNichol, who was the original co-judge of the award 30 years ago.

About Meet the Presses:

Meet the Presses is a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The Collective is proud to administer the bpNichol Chapbook Award each year, supporting those who make the artistic choice to publish in chapbook form.

More information can be found at bpnichol.ca and meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

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Media contact: Susannah Ames, susannah.p.ames@gmail.com or 647-991-5349

Shortlist for $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Shortlist for $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award Announced

Celebrating 30 years of recognizing excellence in Canadian poetry chapbooks, award to be presented at 2015 Indie Literary Market

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TORONTO – October 21, 2015 – The Meet the Presses collective is excited to announce the finalists for the 2015 bpNichol Chapbook Award. The prize, awarded annually since its establishment in 1985, goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook published in Canada in the previous year. It is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, and micropress publisher bpNichol.

Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, the purse doubled to $4,000 in 2014, making it the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook — a collection of no more than 48 pages. The publisher of the winning title also receives $500, thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith, both of whom were friends of bpNichol.

Judges Alice Burdick of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, and Karl Jirgens of Windsor, Ontario, chose the finalists from 68 submissions from across the country. The judges felt this year’s entries included many excellent works and some remarkable book designs, commenting: “It was difficult to choose from this wealth of literary riches.”

The finalists for the 2015 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Nelson Ball, A Gathering (BookThug)

Jason Christie, Cursed Objects (above/ground press)

Phil Hall, Notes from Gethsemani (Nomados Press)

Ben Ladouceur, Lime Kiln Quay Road (above/ground press)

Matt Rader, I Don’t Want to Die Like Frank O’Hara (baseline press)

Lissa Wolsak, Of Beings Alone: The Eigenface (Nomados Press)

The winner will be announced at 2 pm on November 14, 2015, at the annual Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market. which runs from 11:30 am to 5 pm at the Tranzac Club, at 292 Brunswick Avenue, in Toronto. The Market introduces the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are largely not available in bookstores. The event is curated by Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

“This award is particularly important now, three decades after its inception,” says collective member Stuart Ross. “In an era when everyone seems constantly online, it’s exciting that there is still such vital passion for poetry on the printed page, especially in such an esoteric and utterly non-commercial form as the chapbook. And that the pioneering spirit of bpNichol continues to be such an influence on writers, including many born after his death.”

More information can be found at bpnichol.ca and meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

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For more information and interview opportunities, contact:

Susannah Ames, susannah.p.ames@gmail.com or 647-991-5349

Call for submissions to the 2015 bpNichol Chapbook Award

bpNicholChapbookAwardLogoThe bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $4,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of a chapbook of poetry in English published in Canada.

Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2014), and the poet must be Canadian.

Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member) and include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the 2015 Submission Form), a brief C.V. of the author, including address, telephone number, and email address. Publisher contact information (contact person, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone contact) must also be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The closing date for the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award is May 29, 2015. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by June 30, 2015, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com.

Send submissions to:
Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6

bpNichol Chapbook Award shortlist and Doubling of Award Purse

Meet the Presses Announces bpNichol Chapbook Award shortlist and Doubling of bpNicholChapbookAwardLogoAward Purse

TORONTO (10 October 2014) —

Meet The Presses announced today that, beginning this year, the prize purse of the bpNichol Chapbook Award will double from $2,000 to $4,000, thanks to the generosity of its Anonymous Donor. Meet the Presses is a volunteer collective that organizes public events showcasing books and chapbooks, magazines, recordings and broadsides produced by independent publishers of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction.

This year’s bpNichol Chapbook Award shortlist consists of six poetry titles:

Government: Jason Christie (above/ground)
Life Savings: Mat Laporte (Odourless)
pleasantries and other misdemeanours: Christine McNair (Apt. 9)
a fist made and then unmade: matt robinson (Gaspereau)
Oilywood: Christine Leclerc (Nomados)
X: Phil Hall (Thee Hellbox)

The winner of this year’s bpNichol Chapbook Award will be announced at Meet the Presses’ fifth Indie Literary Market, on Saturday November 22, at the Tranzac Club in Toronto. The Market is an invitational event focused exclusively on things literary. It provides an opportunity for the public to meet independent literary publishers and purchase publications that may not be readily available (or available at all) in bookstores and other commercial outlets. The collective came together in the spirit of the original Meet the Presses events begun 29 years ago in Toronto by Stuart Ross and Nick Power.

The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. This year’s judges are Kevin McPherson Eckhoff and Sandra Ridley. The author now receives $4,000 and, thanks to the largesse of writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith, the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Meet the Presses
Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Ally Fleming, Beth Follett, Hazel Millar, Leigh Nash, Nicholas Power, Stuart Ross, Eric Schmaltz and Jess Taylor. [Founding Members Emeritus: Maria Erskine, Maggie Helwig]

Call for Submissions to the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award

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The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $2,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of a chapbook of poetry in English published in Canada.

Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages.

The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2013), and the poet must be Canadian.

Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member) and include a brief C.V. of the author, including address, telephone number, and email address. Publisher contact information (contact person, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone contact) must also be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The closing date for the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award is March 31, 2014. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by April 30, 2014, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com.

The winner will be announced at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market in fall 2014.

DOWNLOAD A SUBMISSION FORM

Send submissions to:

Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street,
St John’s NL A1C 1T6

The cash prize to writer has been generously donated by an anonymous donor. The prize to the publisher is generously donated by writers Jim Smith and Brian Dedora. All chapbooks submitted will be archived at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.

Please email Meet The Presses for more information: meetthepresses@gmail.com.

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Meet the Presses is a Toronto-based collective devoted to promoting micro, small and independent literary presses. This collective has come together in the spirit of the original Meet the Presses event launched in Toronto in the mid-1980s by Nicholas Power and Stuart Ross. Meet the Presses organizes a variety of curated public events, all focussing on independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Meet the Presses – an unfunded and non-profit collective – is comprised of Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Ally Fleming, Beth Follett, Hazel Millar, Nicholas Power, and Stuart Ross.

Chapbooks written by members of the Meet the Presses collective are ineligible for the award. Authors of chapbooks published by members of the collective remain eligible for the award.

Call for submissions to the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award

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The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $2,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of a chapbook of poetry in English published in Canada.

Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages.

The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2013), and the poet must be Canadian.

Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member) and include a brief C.V. of the author, including address, telephone number, and email address. Publisher contact information (contact person, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone contact) must also be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The closing date for the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award is March 31, 2014. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by April 30, 2014, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com.

The winner will be announced at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market in fall 2014.

DOWNLOAD A SUBMISSION FORM

Send submissions to:

Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street,
St John’s NL A1C 1T6

The cash prize to writer has been generously donated by an anonymous donor. The prize to the publisher is generously donated by writers Jim Smith and Brian Dedora. All chapbooks submitted will be archived at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.

Please email Meet The Presses for more information: meetthepresses@gmail.com.

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Meet the Presses is a Toronto-based collective devoted to promoting micro, small and independent literary presses. This collective has come together in the spirit of the original Meet the Presses event launched in Toronto in the mid-1980s by Nicholas Power and Stuart Ross. Meet the Presses organizes a variety of curated public events, all focussing on independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Meet the Presses – an unfunded and non-profit collective – is comprised of Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Ally Fleming, Beth Follett, Hazel Millar, Nicholas Power, and Stuart Ross.

Chapbooks written by members of the Meet the Presses collective are ineligible for the award. Authors of chapbooks published by members of the collective remain eligible for the award.

Call for submissions to the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award

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The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $2,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of a chapbook of poetry in English published in Canada.

Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages.

The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2013), and the poet must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident (three years minimum)

Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member). They are to include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the submission form HERE), along with  a brief C.V. of the author. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The closing date for the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award is March 31, 2014. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by April 30, 2014, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com.

The winner will be announced at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market in fall 2014.

Send submissions to:

Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street,
St John’s NL A1C 1T6

The cash prize to writer has been generously donated by an anonymous donor. The prize to the publisher is generously donated by writers Jim Smith and Brian Dedora. All chapbooks submitted will be archived at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.

Please email Meet The Presses for more information: meetthepresses@gmail.com.

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Meet the Presses is a Toronto-based collective devoted to promoting micro, small and independent literary presses. This collective has come together in the spirit of the original Meet the Presses event launched in Toronto in the mid-1980s by Nicholas Power and Stuart Ross. Meet the Presses organizes a variety of curated public events, all focussing on independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Meet the Presses – an unfunded and non-profit collective – is comprised of Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Ally Fleming, Beth Follett, Hazel Millar, Nicholas Power, and Stuart Ross.

Chapbooks written by members of the Meet the Presses collective are ineligible for the award. Authors of chapbooks published by members of the collective remain eligible for the award.

2013 bpNichol Chapbook Award Winners Announced!

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NOVEMBER 19, 2013‐ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sandra Alland and Gil McElroy win 2013 bpNichol Chapbook Award

TORONTO, ONTARIO — Poets Sandra Alland and Gil McElroy are the co-winners of the 2013 bpNichol Chapbook Award.

Sandra Alland won for her chapbook, Naturally Speaking, published by espresso [paperplates press]. Toronto, Ontario.

Gil McElroy won for his chapbook, Ordinary Time: The Merton Lake Propers published by baseline press of London, Ontario.

Named for the late poet, novelist, and indie publisher bpNichol (1944‐1988), the prize is awarded to the author of an English-language poetry chapbook published in Canada in the previous year, as selected by a panel of judges. Administered by Toronto-based small press collective Meet the Presses, the prize is worth $1,000 to each of the winning writers and was donated by an anonymous donor.

Through the generosity of writers Jim Smith and Brian Dedora, each publisher will receive $250.

This year’s judges were poets Sandra Ridley and kevin mcpherson eckhoff, who included the following in their remarks on the winners:

“Be quiet. Someone’s shooting.” The airy din or timeliness of Gil McElroy’s Ordinary Time gives readers gently vigilant “confession suppressed.” With rapt attention to both the fierce and the delicate, with elegiacal tone, McElroy delivers and sustains reverence. The plain language of instinct and mercy becomes planar, a proper surface surmounting a sermon of “Very, perhaps. I cannot be sure.” McElroy has given us a tautly measured and meditative work on the convergence of the physical and metaphysical battlefields – the agony of the wait and the wild hunt. Get simple days/nights beget simple syntax begets simple beauty be. Ordinary Time embodies the beauty of the extended long poem – each small moment opens large. All rigor, no slack, McElroy’s work here is haunting.”

“In Naturally Speaking, Sandra Alland eyes one another another way to sell this equipment body software is poetry joyful joyful something that leads as the about that you need to get the booty areas to the bow bow elegant and electric this collection is a truth towards ineffable laughter at & of togetherness voices SOS Natural ease peaking this emergency list of ingenuity you Sandra Alland explore new language junctions between the listening cognition recognition communication and communion know whether they see me as human who never seen him allands pomes come from the disquieting collaboration artificial intelligence and speak to from of the processes of translation identity and pain “

The judges selected the winner from 90 submissions from across Canada. This year’s other finalists were:

thirteen poems for releasing love by joanne thorwaldson (leaf press)

An OK Organ Man by Fenn Stewart (above/ground)

fruit machine by Shannon Maguire (Ferno House)

21st century monsters by ryan fitzpatrick (Red Nettle Press)

In 2012, Meet the Presses took over the administration of the annual bpNichol Chapbook Award, which was inaugurated in 1996. This year’s winners were formally announced at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market at the Tranzac Club, Toronto, on Saturday 16 November 2013.

The Market gave the public an opportunity to meet independent literary publishers and authors and take home books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsides, and recordings that are largely unavailable in bookstores.

Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective, is devoted to organizing public events showcasing publications produced by independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non‐fiction. The collective consists of members Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Ally Fleming, Beth Follett, Hazel Millar, Leigh Nash, Nicholas Power and Stuart Ross. If you have any questions, or wish to arrange an interview, contact Paul Dutton at meetthepresses@gmail.com.